Will a Paralegal Degree Get This Student into Law School?

Posted by on June 12, 2013

When Jessica Knudson began studying at Globe University-Moorhead, her goal was to get her Associate in Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies.  Jessica was focused on getting in, getting out and getting a job.   Personally, she was nervous about school as her prior collegiate experience ended several years ago.  Once she started studying, however, she realized she had a passion for the law. 

paralegal studiesNear the completion of attaining her original goal, her significant other brought up the idea of completing her bachelor’s degree and entering law school. At first, Jessica just laughed.  After all, it hadn’t been that long since the scope of her dream ended at an associate degree. However, around this time, her instructor also started encouraging her with the same thoughts.  

After giving it some thought, Jessica began researching the logistics of attaining the lofty goal of becoming a lawyer.  Already working full-time, Jessica learned that she would need to take 20+ credits each of the next three quarters in order to graduate in time.  Furthermore, she would need to study and complete the LSAT (law school admissions test) with a high score. Even after all this, Jessica knew there were no guarantees that she would be accepted.

With plan in hand, she was focused and driven. She completed her credits, receiving exemplary grades while continuing to work full-time.  With her completed LSAT scores in hand, she applied to the University of Grand Forks law school earlier this spring.  It was no problem getting letters of recommendation from instructors to support her application. 

“Jessica clearly has the aptitude and is willing to do what it takes to get the work done in a professional manner,” said Stacey Tronson, one of Jessica’s instructors.

The rest of the story continues to unfold as Jessica walks across the stage at Globe University’s graduation this week—it will be another step on her journey to a career in the legal field.  

“At the outset, I never dreamed I would go to law school!” Jessica exclaimed excitedly. Looking forward, she noted, “I’m starting to get nervous, but now I have the confidence to know that if I work hard, I can do it.”

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